A rainy evening after a quick turnaround with five days of rest, the Calgary Stampeders managed to pull out a victory in front of the sparse hometown crowd. They matched up against the lowly Toronto Argonauts who remain winless in the early part of the 2019 season. Tonight’s game was a sloppy affair. Nine turnovers between the two teams. Calgary won the turnover battle, while giving up two of their own,. Toronto gave up seven, and you simply can’t win games with 7 turnovers.
Nick Arbuckle behind center for the third straight game and did enough to secure the victory. The game ball goes once again to the defence. They faced a good deal of personnel turnover this offseason yet the secondary has quietly planted itself as the League’s best early on. Although the front four continue to struggle putting pressure on the quarterback, the likes of Tre Roberson and Brandon Smith are dominating. Smith had an interception. Trey Robertson with a fumble recovery for a touchdown. Cory Greenwood, with big shoes to fill, had a statement game. He responded to each big Argo D play including his own interception for Toronto. A massive hit in the third quarter forced a fumble that led to the Roberson touchdown. With Toronto threatening in the fourth quarter, he intercepted the ball deep to secure the victory.
Toronto hung around despite the penalties and turnovers, but Calgary showed experience and grit hanging on for the win.
There’s still work to be done particularly on offence. Arbuckle struggled to find a rhythm on offence that stretched beyond underneath throws. Although the rushing game looks better than 5 days ago against Hamilton, there’s still work to be done as well.
The Stampeders will prep before they fly out to Ottawa next week for a rematch of the season opener.